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continental divide


The Continental Divide Trail runs 3,100 miles between Mexico and Canada.
  a line of elevated terrain from which a continent’s rivers flow in two different directions
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When capitalized, "Continental Divide" refers to the Rockies and other mountain ranges running from Alaska to Mexico. Water on the west side flows to the Pacific Ocean while that on the east flows to the Atlantic Ocean.
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  • The Continental Divide Trail runs 3,100 miles between Mexico and Canada.
  • I mean, before I’d been worried about what the continental divide would do to us.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • By midmorning they were within Oakwald Forest, the wood that surrounded Endovier and served as a continental divide between the "civilized" countries of the East and the uncharted lands of the West.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • We crossed the Continental Divide and the Mojave Desert.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box

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  • I read late, creamy paper yellowed in a circle of weak lights, as the unknown darkness sped past, over the Continental Divide and out of the Rockies, Popper content after his romp around Denver and snoozing happily in his bag.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • East of Butte we go up a long hard grade, cross the Continental Divide, then go down into a valley.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Just to the east of us rose the snow-capped Continental Divide.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • I crossed into New Mexico, rushed past Gallup in the night, and camped on the Continental Divide—and much more spectacular it is here than in the north.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Creede, Durango, Silver City, Central City, over the Continental Divide into Utah,—his strange Episcopal carriage was known throughout that rugged granite world.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • The powerless life raft, sloshing around the North Pacific, emits a vast, spreading plume of steam like that of an Iron Horse chugging full blast over the Continental Divide.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
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Associated words [difficulty]:   continental divide [7] , geology [2] , eon [4]
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